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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris

Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

“I, Tonya” Tells Figure Skater Tonya Harding’s Side of the Story

If you haven’t seen “I, Tonya” yet, by all means go see it. The bottom line is that it is probably the most realistic figure skating movie I’ve ever seen. The movie accurately shows what the figure skating world is really like; Tonya Harding just didn’t quite fit into that figure skating world.  She never […]

Is American Figure Skating Fixed….Again?

Several years ago, I wrote an article saying that elite American figure skating was FIXED. but that article didn’t stay live long, since one of my children’s coaches contacted me immediately after I published my thoughts and told me that saying such things was not a good idea for me politically since, at the time, […]

I’m So Happy For Alexa and Chris and Dalilah! 2018 Olympics!

In 2005, my three very young children auditioned for a local Colorado Springs youth ice skating show directed by DeeDee Knierim.  Cats On Ice was the first production that was a part of DeeDee Knierim’s Colorado Youth Theatre.  Her own children helped with the production and that is when I got to know 17 year […]

Jordan Moeller’s Thoughts Put Figure Skating In Perspective

Figure skaters have a very special and unusual life, but elite competitive figure skaters have an especially privileged life. We that began to skate when we were little kids and moved to the elite level and had a chance to compete nationally and/or internationally sometimes forget how fortunate we are. We had parents that sacrificed time […]

Which Figure Skaters From the USA Might Qualify For the 2018 Winter Olympics?

A certain writer who has written about figure skating since the early 1960s told me once that she used to have all her articles written in advance.  She told me that the previous three years leading up to each US National Championships set the stage for the Nationals that served as the Olympic qualifier and who […]

If Ashley Wagner’s ankle was infected, why did US Figure Skating allow her to compete at Skate America 2017?

I don’t get it. Well, for my readers who don’t know what I “don’t get,” I don’t understand why Olympic figure skater and three-time US Ladies Figure Skating Champion Ashley Wagner competed at Skate America 2017 in Lake Placid at all. If you missed watching Skate America on television over the Thanksgiving weekend 2017, you […]

Should Quadruple Figure Skating Jumps Perhaps Be Banned?

As I watched Skate America 2017 on television, I came to the conclusion that watching ice dancing seems to be much more enjoyable than watching  the men’s freeskate event.  Why?  Well all the men’s freeskate event seemed to be was a quadruple jump competition and …quad falling equals “not fun to watch.” It was just so sad to see the […]

Remembering the Famous Ice Dancer Jim Sladky

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, I heard the sad news that one of the greatest ice dancers of all time, James Sladky, had passed away. When I was a young ice dancer, I looked up to the ice dance team of Jim Sladky and Judy Schwomeyer “Jim and Judy.”   They were amazing and I wanted […]

Some People Think Teaching Skating Is Not Real Work – How Dare They Think Such a Thing!

Today I was told by a distant family member that I’ve never worked a day in my life!  She said teaching skating is not work. I’ve been told this before.  My father-in-law worked hard all his life and just didn’t understand that giving group and private ice skating lessons could possibly be work.  He never […]

Opinion: Why Did Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Have to Tell the World About Her Problems?

On September 1, 2017, Olympic figure skating medalist and US ladies figure skating champion Gracie Gold announced to the world that she was taking time off from skating to “seek some professional help.”  In October it was confirmed that she is being treated for an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression, and it was announced that she would skip […]